Overwatch is about to release on October 2nd , with Overwatch 2 taking its place pretty soon on October 4th . So say goodbye while you can. In other news, it’s not just Overwatch that’s leaving us behind. The lead character designer behind Overwatch’s huge roster of memorable characters and even those who will appear in the sequel has said goodbye to Blizzard. Goodbye , Jeff Goodman !
Overwatch Lead Designer Steps Down
It’s sad to report that Jeff Goodman reportedly made the decision to leave Blizzard earlier this year, according to a Blizzard Inc. The last time we saw Goodman was in a group press interview back in June.
But that’s not to say Blizzard didn’t notice Goodman and give him credit when he finally left Blizzard and the generous game he helped create. The company said goodbye to Jeff with one final statement.
We thank Jeff for his many years of service at Blizzard and wish him all the best. His ability to bring the diverse roster of Overwatch heroes to life through gameplay was incredible, and the mark he left on the Warcraft and Overwatch teams will be felt for years to come. – Blizzard
Jeff Goodman has been with Blizzard for a very long time. He worked on Overwatch long before the game debuted as Overwatch. At the time, the team was busy with the game formerly known as Project Titan .
As we all know, Titan was later canceled and it was later revived in a team-based hero shooter that would later launch in 2016 and pretty much take the gaming industry, news outlets, social media sites and the entire internet by storm. The excitement around Overwatch did not last long, but, to put it mildly, made a strong impression. Aside from former game director Jeff Kaplan , who sadly left Blizzard in 2021 , Goodman was one of the few Overwatch faces to interact frequently with the community and discuss balance changes and new heroes whenever interviews and events took place.
Goodman was also responsible for some major rework that helped fix Orisa and Doomfist and helped create new heroes like Sojourn and Junker Queen . It is likely that Goodman also played a role in the creation of the new support hero Kiriko .
While there was no apparent reason why Jeff Goodman left Blizzard, this departure came after a series of high-profile dismissals from Blizzard that came after a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for workplace harassment. and discrimination in the past year. Overwatch executive producer Chacko Sonny followed suit and left the company back in 2021, along with producer Tracy Kennedy , who left last September .
Regarding the turmoil at Blizzard, Goodman responded in a group interview and stated that the team made sure everyone was in good health and safe before resuming work on the game.
Everyone seems to be much happier now and things are moving forward. But I think it’s still there and still lingering. It’s definitely a moral blow. — Jeff Goodman
Overwatch 2 will be free-to -play soon , but players are still wondering what will change in the second part of the game. The loot box feature has been removed and replaced with the Seasonal Battle Pass model, and new heroes will be unlocked through the Battle Pass.
Overwatch 2 will release and replace the original Overwatch on October 4th and will be released for Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch, and PS5.
So, what do you think about the departure of the core developers of Overwatch from Blizzard with the imminent release of Overwatch 2? Why did they leave the company at all? So many questions, so many unanswered questions. But you can still share your opinion in the comments below. We upload daily on Appuals, so stay tuned. Until then, see you later and goodbye.